Saturday


BALLOON

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BALLOONS- Woke up early to see if the elusive balloons would come over again today. Was greeted by a lot of fog and mist. So since it was the only view took a few photos of the trees. Decided that the birds might appear so grabbed a drink, made myself comfortable and then realized I could hear the unmistakable sound of the firing of a balloon. .
Went to the other side of the deck and could just make out a red balloon through the mist. The camera on auto wouldn't even focus onto it. As it moved toward a small patch of blue I managed this shot. Yes, very impressed with that, but was surprised when another balloon also appeared and moved towards me.
The fog was also slowly clearing and the balloons were moving towards the sun. Happily snapped away until they disappeared, but I could still hear the noise of a balloon comming from the other direction, but couldn't see anything.
The fog was still quite thick in the valley so I decided it must have been coming from there, when suddenly this appeared from behind the trees. Got some lovely shots as it rose
higher.

Friday

INSECTS- Wasps
I was lucky enough to get 2 different varieties. There was 3 of them busily building a nest on my plant. You can see the feelers of the other ones.







Well I am now the proud owner of 2 very blurry photos of dragonflies. By taking Stevens advice I managed to at least get them into the frame. Maybe I will really get a shot that is post worthy this weekend. However I did get butterfly photos and again it was thanks to Steven. I just watched and noticed which flower seemed popular, focused and waited until one landed. Love the shape of the eyes.
This one is a bit too much in the shadow, but I was just pleased to actually get him before he flew away.

Wednesday

LENSDAY
The glow of lights in the early morning


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ROUND ROBIN- The challenge for next wednesday (06/10/06) is ABC's of Autumn. So you are using your own initials as the theme. So my theme must be Autumn-KM. Now I already have an idea of the M, but K still has me stumped. The time of year will also be a challenge as we are now entering Spring in Queensland.
One of my favourite flowers is the lavender and of course they do not do as well in the warmer humid climates. English lavender has to be treated as an annual as it just won't tolerate the humidity, but those that come from mediterranean areas cope better. This one thrives on total neglect and every time I attempt any sort of TLC, it starts to look if it will expire. So now I leave it alone.

Tuesday

MOODY MONDAY-LIVE

One of 4 parrots that were visiting my back deck on Sunday. This is a female as the males have the bright red on their chest and heads.
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4 Kangaroos


I went out to see if the hot air balloons that had been comming over for the past 2 days would reappear and instead ended up with photos of 4 kangaroos that were grazing in the farmers paddock.
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Monday

BUGS
Stevens sometimes has the most amazing photos of dragonfly's and after spending quite sometime(pun intended) trying to take a photo of one at the weekend, I finally gave up and was content with slow moving bugs. This one was out clinging to the chain wire fence, where I was chasing dragonfly's



My macadamia nut tree must be tasty as this beetle seems to have eaten quite a few leaves.
This is one of those horrible stink beetles. I had finished taking photos and was putting away some groceries when i realised he had hitched a ride on the shopping bag.The mosy is on my arm and just goes to prove how addictive this macro photography is. Yes I did kill it after taking the shot.

Sunday

MARIGOLD

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PXITE-RAIN

Isle of Skye, Scotland
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Saturday

GRASS FIRE Without the colour it is hard to see the damage caused by a grass fire that was deliberately lit. I pass by here on my way to work and quite a large area of land was burnt.
SEE IT SUNDAY-AUTUMN

Japanese Maple
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Friday

PHOTOSHARK


This statue is one of two, that are placed quite a distance apart so I do not have a photo of both of them in the same frame. The other one was posted earlier this month.

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Photofriday-GIRL


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Sunday

PIXITE-DISTANCE


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SEE IT SUNDAY-ANGLE

London eye from a different angle. Looking across through the angles formed from a railway bridge that runs parallel to the bridge I was walking along.
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Thursday

WEDDING DAY

The lovely bride and her groom
Houses on the Cornwall coast.
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Monday

UNINVITED GUEST


Went to a wedding on Saturday and took this photo of a lizard, who decided to come out and laze in the sunshine.
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Sunday

SEE IT SUNDAY-MIRROR


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Thursday

SCHOOL OF NURSING
Higher education comes at a cost after the usual fees and expenses there is always the very expensive text books.
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Wednesday

DUDE-my grandsons dog.

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Tuesday

COWS
The theme for round robins this week (postings on Wed) is nostalgia and while I wont be contributing, I have been thinking about the possibilities. When I spotted these calves in a paddock last week I couldn't resist taking a shot, as cows/calves always remind me of happy carefree holidays spent at my grandparents dairy farm in Victoria.

The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence.


He managed to get in between the limbs of this fallen tree and was trying to work out how to get out. Found reverse gear a few minutes after I took the shot.

Friday

Rainbow Lorikeets -Trichoglossus haematodus (the people naming theses things really had no sense of humour, what a mouthful)
They are described as being abundant, common, noisy, fast flying, forest dwelling parrots.
We have been having some lovely rain for the past few days. Yesterday when I looked out to see if it was still raining I saw 2 lorikeets sitting on the rail of the deck.

I was surprised to find them still there once I had retrieved the camera and tried to come out the sliding door quietly. So imagine my amazement when they started to move closer. They seemed curious about the clicking noise.
A bit wet and beraggled.
They often spend time in my grevilleas as their diet consists of nectar, pollen and fruit.

Size-28cm
Voice-continuous screeching, chattering
Habitat- Rainforests, tropics, gardens, woodlands.

Then one of them came right over to see exactly what I was doing.

Decided he needed to shake the water out of his feathers.